“HAZEY (The EP)” finds a way to highlight every element of its artistry

Hazey aka Yung Doowee is a 19 year old producer and artist from Dallas, Texas. He moved to Portland 2 years ago and has devoted himself to his music. His latest EP release is the 10 track self-titled “HAZEY (The EP)”. Hazey oscillates between extremes of exhilarating and surreal, through the album, both musically and lyrically. There’s plenty of wheedled and growled phraseology, as well as temperate and tuneful melodic singing, too. Hazey, makes the eccentricities of “HAZEY (The EP)” sound like embryonic visions of a future, calculating take on trap music. The results are something to behold. In its

Flexico Deeskie: ‘Leanin’’ falls within trap’s ever-expanding parameters

Flexico Deeskie comes out of Dallas, TX, to where he moved from Kansas City, MO, in 2005. Fresh on the grid, he became an active artist in July of this year, and has been steadily dropping singles to build his catalog and fan base. Flexico’s emphasis on a positive attitude and grinding, pops up regularly as does his commitment and dedication to his craft. These trademarks of his personality and style, are of course very much evident in the single project, ‘Leanin’’. Trap music’s roots date back quite a few years, and it’s been a presence in rap’s mainstream in

“Trump in the Trunk” attacks political, social and cultural issues

From Backwards is a master at creating high quality music with low quality satire. The only thing more surprising than how well those two aspects mesh, is how well he performs them on stage. His genius, however, lies within the fact that while he will laugh at (not with) almost everything he does, his audience will nod and move in sheer appreciation that someone is able to articulate the frustrations they otherwise are unable to deal with. From Backwards is the much needed fifth of whisky to last year’s presidential debates. Hip-hop and politics have been together for a long

Alien Skin: ‘1980 REDUX’ takes synth-pop to a different set of limits

There aren’t many synth-pop bands that I deem buyable today. I could probably count them all on my left hand. And if I only included the bands that actually played authentic 80’s analogue-driven synth-pop, I’d probably be left counting my stiff middle finger.  Sure digital and sampling can mimic just about any sound today…if you know what to mimic of course! Our current generation of electronic heroes can knock up the most devastating beats, create massive drops, and stirring buildups, so synth-pop might seem like the simplest form of electronica to them. Technically that is. Because musically we’re talking two

C-Los N.S: “Ye-Tape” features a wide range of thought-provoking lyrics

Songwriter and Rap Artist C-Los N.S (Carlos Ruelas) was born in Santa Rosa, California (East L.A.), and raised in Racine, Wisconsin. He recently released his mixtape, entitled “Ye-Tape”. After listening to it three times, I must say that this album is a mature product. C-Los N.S sounds like he has graduated from the rap game. He has an intelligent narrative that goes along with the music, while the experience is filled with more emotionally charged singles rather than club bangers. The production created is haunting with each song bringing about a different mood but it fits the messages masterfully. Beginning

Third Realm: “The Suffering Angel” – a bold and compelling addition to the group’s growing legacy

Recently signed to Distortion Productions, Third Realm is the eclectic dark electronic project founded in 2000 by Nathan Reiner of Buffalo, New York. The danceable darkwave band with powerful industrial tones, is known for their shadowy, sexed-up blend of synth rock and intense vocals. On their brand new album, “The Suffering Angel”, the collective spends half the time perfecting their gritty, driven sound and the other half eclipsing all expectations of their efforts. The result is an intense listen with tremendous highs, and outstanding performances by members, Nathan Reiner (Lead Vocals/Music Production/Songwriter), Arrow Fitzgibbon (Guitar/Keyboards/Backing Vocals/Sampler), Melanie Beitel (Keyboards/Backing Vocals)

Nika Starr: “Connection” – succinct, sassy, and sincere

Nika Starr, female Soul/RnB singer from Toronto, is currently working with her mentor DT the Artist for Artist Development from the ‘Ground Up Program’. Her latest single is “Connection” which was produced by ClevaMix Records with an instrumental from ShamGodBeats. Being a woman in a male-dominated music industry, means they always want to back you into a corner and force you to wear a label. Unfortunately, that means you either fall into one of two categories: sexy or cute, and maybe lust or love. Now more than ever people need to be reminded that women can be in more than

Liam Merrigan: “Broke Beyond Tomorrow” – a high sense of life and perception

Liam Merrigan is 29 year old singer-songwriter from Kintbury Berkshire UK. The 10 track album of original songs, “Broke Beyond Tomorrow” deals with Liam life experiences – either lived first hand or witnessed. I enjoyed the intimate nature of the recording, which sounds as if Merrigan was playing a beat old guitar on a stool 10 feet in front of you. Totally stripped down, this album demonstrates the great craft of the songs, as well as Liam’s expressive voice, and of course his acoustic guitar. Liam is the English equivalent of rejuvenated Neil Young in his observational skills. Liam Merrigan puzzles

Etop: “Masterworks” is ground-breaking and innovative

Etop is not your typical electronic artist. If someone says to you that Etop plays electronic music do not go thinking that he plays heavy beats and dance songs. Well he does, but not quite the way you’re thinking. Etop is everywhere. He can go to a bubblegum electronic pop tune, to a groovy dance song, all the way over to a depressing ballad. And then he can do something better than just about anyone else…go back in time. No, this is not another installment of Return To The Future. He really goes back to the past, and out of

Andre Gimaranz: ‘Supermoon’ – a rare jewel!

After 15 years as a session musician, Brazilian guitarist, singer and songwriter, Andre Gimaranz’s first solo album, ‘Handmade’, was released in 2015 gaining instant attention from the industry and fans alike, resulting in Gimaranz being considered one of the best new live acts in Brazil. In 2015 and 2016, Andre was a nominee in the categories ‘Song of the Year’ and ‘Artist of the Year’ at the IMEA Awards. He recently dropped the highly acclaimed single, ‘State of Rage and Fear’, and has now followed that up with his brand new full-length album, entitled ‘Supermoon’. Every once in a while, after making

Sean Cooney: “The Last Thing I Heard before the Zombie Apocalypse”

Sean Cooney, a DC native now living in NYC, attended AMDA to study for Broadway shows and has also played in many professional Jazz bands. His trained voice seems even more at home belting out pop songs as he employs it’s crystal clear, cut through quality in wonderfully innovative ways. Sometimes notching it down a few octaves to fulfill the role of hype master Lil John, other times crooning like a pop hungry Jason Mraz.

“The Last Thing I Heard before the Zombie Apocalypse” is Cooney’s latest album release. The album is jam packed with modern retro crossover creations, that embrace the pop, rock, hiphop, dance and electronica genres. And I haven’t even begun to cover all the musical influences this album contains.

I haven’t been this excited about an indie artist or album since the 1980′s when I first heard “Blinded By Science” by a young synthesizer genius named Thomas Dolby.

Dolby mixed dance rhythms, tongue-in-cheek lyrics, eccentric videos and electronic wizardry to create songs that hit you straight between the eyes. Penetrated your brain, drained your soul and made your feet shuffle uncontrably to every note. Cooney has either captured every Dolby essence, or is absolutely blessed to be born with it.

 

To be fair Cooney is the original article. To get a slight idea stamped in your head of what Cooney sounds like, you’d have to take Dolby’s intelligent songwriting, Mika’s vocal operatics and the Black-Eyed Peas’s ability to churn out catchy chart-topping riffs and choruses on every song! If you add Sean Cooney’s eccentric visual presence, you know you’re dealing with a complete modern-day popstar. Packaged and ready to go.

The fact that Cooney is not signed to a major label gives food, for a whole lot of thought indeed. Or these guys are deaf or completely dead. The second case seems more probable if we take a look at the actual state of the music industry.

You could close your eyes, twiddle your fingers and pick any song off “The Last Thing I Heard Before the Zombie Apocalypse” and it would probably sit comfortably anywhere on the Billboard Top 100 charts.

The fact that this album was recorded and produced by Cooney himself, in his home studio, speaks volumes of his talent. The mix and sound quality is absolutely radio ready.

Over and above the superb musicianship and excellent vocal deliveries, Cooney excels where 90% of indie artists fail miserably. The musical and song arrangements.

It’s not enough to have a cool melody, beat or lyric. To achieve success with popular music, you need to amalgamate the pieces into a song that captures the interest of listeners for at least 3 minutes non-stop. Cooney goes over and above my wildest expectations.

Listen to “Deja Vu”. He uses clever synthesizer loops, multiple repeating vocal harmonies, a quick and easy two word chorus line and a thick foot stomping beat to round it all off. A touch of brilliance is added when he speeds up the final bars. Pure genius in Depeche Mode meets Howard Jones style!

I listened to this track more than 20 times in a row and still love it to death. Major labels, what the F*CK are you doing?

“Party Like A Kennedy” is a dance-floor rap anthem which testifies how easy Cooney moves from one genre to another without batting an eyelid.

On “Drag Show”, Cooney shows offs his perfectly sexy falsetto ‘alla Prince’, saucy lyrics and horny arrangements included for your personal pleasure.

The piano dominated “New Friend” is filled with time changes and layered vocal harmonies. You couldn’t possibly fit in another sound effect anywhere…unless of course you’re Cooney.

“What I Like” is Jason Mraz flawlessly emulating Cooney, or is it the other way around? I’m not sure, but damn do they both sound so good!

By the time I get to “Birthday Girl” and “Evil Lover”, I am totally in love with Cooney’s music. This is the most refreshing, interesting and convincing indie album I have had the pleasure of reviewing…ever. Of any genre.

It’s on “Evil Lover” that I finally draw my conclusion and make the ultimate comparison. That in my book, should qualify Sean Cooney as a superstar in the making.

Throughout the album, there was one voice that Cooney’s vocal timbre and delivery kept reminding me of.

One of my all-time favourite voices and probably rock’s greatest singer and showman ever.

Freddie Mercury.

Need I say more?

Buy this album.

Today!

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